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MSU's complete course on Remote Sensing

The 426/429R remote sensing class at MSU is designed to provide students with an overview of the ENTIRE field of remote sensing in a professional way that will give the student experience in how a remote sensing job or degree in higher education would look like. As this is an impossible task to accomplish in one semester, this course is designed to show the student what is possible and to provide baseline knowledge so that the student can explore individual interests and topics more fully.


At the end of this course, students should understand:

  • The basic principles of remote sensing, including the electromagnetic spectrum, earth-energy interactions, and operation and processing of spaceborne, airborne, and drone sensors and data.

  • Have data processing and data interpretation skills needed for basic-to-intermediate remote sensing image analysis. This includes the use of open-source statistical software (R) and commercial software (ArcGIS Pro).

  • Be familiar with the range of remote sensing applications in geology, agriculture, forestry, rangeland, urban environments, wildlife habitat, climate change research, etc.

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